Takis Barberis Group
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Takis Barberis Group

Athens, Attica, Greece

Athens, Attica, Greece
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Takis Barberis is probably little known outside of his native Greece, which is a shame, because his music would have wide appeal if it were better known worldwide. Barberis sports incredible talent and amazing versatility, and is now among my three favorite jazz guitarist (along with John McLaughling and Pat Metheny). Most of his music is unmistakably influenced by the Indian Classical tradition, often with numerous Indian accompianists, including (on at least one album) TRILOK GURTU.
Album: Naiva (1998, Lyra ML 0661)
Personnel: Takis Barberis (guitar, synth, programming), George Polyhronakos (percussion), Yiorgos Georgiadis (bass), Manos Saridakis (keys), Shankar Lal (tabla), Reshma Srivastava Pizanis (sitar), Girish Chandra Srivastava (tabla), Asha Srivastava (tanpura), Petros Loucas Chalkias (clarinet), George Kontrafouris (piano), Takis Farazis (accordion), Takis Paterelis (sax)
Album: Episodes (1995, Lyra ML 0177)
Personnel: Takis Barberis (guitar, synth, programming), Takis Farazis (keys, accordion), Pandeus Benetatos (keys, programming), Takis Paterelis (sax), Yiannis Vassalos (bass), Costas Kalogirou (drums), Petros Kourits (percussion), Yiotos Kiourtsoglou (bass), Yiannis Papayiannis (oboe), Trilok Gurtu (percussion), Petros Loucas Chalkias (clarinet)
Album: Are you Happy? (1992, Lyra CD 4684)
Personnel: Takis Barberis (guitar), Takis Paterelis (sax), George Contrafuris (keys), Yannis Vasalos (bass), Costas Kalogirou (drums), George Delis (piano) - freeform


Takis Barberis Discography:

1."Something From July" "(Lyra 1990)

2."Are You Happy?"(Lyra 1992)

3."Episodes"w. Trilok Gurtu(Lyra 1995)

4."Naiva"(Lyra 1998)

5."Porto Kayio"(Libra 2004)

6."In Parallel" w.Petroloukas Chalkias(Lyra 2010)




Takis Barberis was born in Athens in 1963. His relationship with music began at the age of 11. He attended the National Conservatory of Greece, studying classic guitar with Dimitris Fampas, higher theory with Yiannis Avgerinos and on graduation also received the Harmony certificate. Simultaneously he played electric guitar in many rock groups. His interest in jazz began in 1979 and it would determine his future course.
In 1982 he presented his first compositions with the band "Jazz Fusion Quintet" when his cooperation with David Lynch and Takis Farazis began, continuing later in the group "Iskra" (1985), with G. Fakanas, N. Touliatos and L. Pliatsikas. 'Iskra' was one of the most successful and progressive groups of that era, releasing their first album "A New Day" (Polygram) in 1986 that also includes two of his compositions.
In the period 1987 - 1989 he formed the group "Model 63" with P. Hatzigiankos and K. Kalogirou in a more experimental approach of rock music with Greek lyrics, they released the album "Model 63" (Lyra 1988).
In 1990 his first personal album was released entitled "Something From July" (Lyra), with his compositions from the 80's including many Jazz, Rock and Latin influences, with the participation of T. Farazis, G. Kontrafouris, T. Paterelis and K. Kalogirou.
"Are You Happy" (Lyra, 1992) was his second album, with the classic sound of a Jazz Quintet (G. Kontrafouris, T. Paterelis, G. Vassalos, K. Kalogirou). This second album was Barberis's first venture into combining Jazz rhythms and harmony with Eastern and Greek elements.
In his third and most mesmerising album "Episodes" (Lyra 1995) explores these themes even deeper with the participation of internationally known Indian percussionist Trilok Gurtu and the traditional Greek musician Petroloukas Halkias on clarinet, and eight highly talented Greek musicians (P. Benetatos, G. Kontrafouris, T. Paterelis, Y. Kiourtsoglou, G. Vassalos, K. Kalogirou, T. Farazis & P. Kourtis). The critics characterise “Episodes” as one of the most successful combinations of jazz and traditional elements (Greek and Indian music).
Barberis continuous and evolves the influences that we meet in “Episodes” with his fourth album "Naiva" (Lyra, 1998), a play on naivety in title and music with the return of Petroloukas Halkias and the Indian musicians Reshma Srivastava and Shankar Lal.
'Porto Kayio' (LIBRA MUSIC, 2004) is his latest album, a soundtrack for journeys through splendid vocals, sounds and rhythms. Together with his bassman George Giorgiadis, drummer Michalis Kapilidis, pianist Manos Saridakis and fellow passengers Debashish and Subhasis Bhattacharya from India, Takis Barberis creates each piece as a musical homeland: from Greece to India, Middle East, Africa and once again back to his own land.
In Parallel’(Lyra, 2011)is his latest release with the legend of greek clarinet Petroloukas Chalkias.
Barberis has collaborated with Trilok Gurtu, Glenn Corneille,Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Dionysis Savvopoulos and almost all Greek musicians of Jazz scene, and has taken part in many live performances in Greece and abroad.
Since 1981 Barberis teaches modern guitar and improvisation at various Conservatories (National Conservatory of Patras, Pindareio, Raimondi Conservatory, R.S.I.) and the past 14 years at the Filipos Nakas Conservatory teaching jazz guitar and improvisation. ?